In light of Chris Sheridan's report earlier Thursday that the Orlando Magic have decided to trade superstar center Dwight Howard despite not having a new General Manager in place, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel did some digging and found information that seems to conflict Sheridan's.
According to Robbins, the Magic have made no such call on Howard's future with the team, but will instead wait to hire a new GM first. From there, says Robbins, the GM will articulate to Howard his "vision" for the club. The Sentinel scribe writes that Howard's response to the new GM's plan will "dictate" how Orlando proceeds.
According to Ken Berger, the Magic are "in frequent communication" with Dan Fegan, Howard's agent. However, Howard himself has not indicated his thoughts on being traded, one way or the other.
Howard will become a free agent on July 1st, 2013. The Magic would like to avoid losing him for nothing as an unrestricted free agent, which possibility has driven their attempts to secure a long-term contract extension from him or, failing that, trade him.
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